Are you looking for some healthy slow cooker recipes for weight loss? If so, keep reading. I’ve been cooking with a slow cooker for years and the best thing is that the crock pot does all of the work. The dinners you make will be healthier versions of your old favorites and way easier to prepare than those other quick and easy recipes that are loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes For Weight Loss
On the quest to create wholesome, flavorful meals, there’s often one serious hurdle: time. But whether you want a meal you can leave alone to cook slowly during the day or while you run errands, your Crock-Pot has got you covered. Plus, it saves energy and lowers the risk of burning food…so even the not-so-culinary-blessed can partake in these healthy slow cooker recipes.
From soups and meat dishes to oatmeal and cider, these healthy Crock-Pot recipes will get your meals on the table and a smaller waistline in the meantime. Sit back, relax, and tuck into these low-calorie Crock-Pot recipes—no matter which one you choose, you’re in for a delicious meal.
1. Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Stew
This Mediterranean stew is a healthy dinner chock-full of vegetables and hearty chickpeas. A drizzle of olive oil to finish carries the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. Any way you vary it, this stew is sure to go into heavy rotation when you are looking for healthy crock-pot recipes.
2. Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash
The sweetness of the butternut squash tames the kick from cayenne in this healthy turkey chili, making this easy crock pot chili just right for kids and adults alike, whether for weeknight dinners or tailgating parties. For those who prefer a spicier chili, just pass hot sauce at the table. This chili also freezes well, so save leftovers for hearty and healthy dinners and lunches for weeks to come.
3. Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Nothing beats a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day, does it? Especially if it can be cooked with minimal effort! This Crock-Pot chicken noodle soup recipe is the perfect meal to warm up a crowd on a winter day.
4. BBQ-Rubbed Pork Shoulder With Creamy Slaw
There are many reasons why this recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight—the active cooking time is reduced to a minimum, you can use this versatile pork in many different ways, and it’s one of the most delicious healthy slow cooker recipes we’ve ever tasted. You can wrap this pork with slaw in a low-carb tortilla and call it a keto taco, or simply enjoy it as a high-protein, low-carb bowl.
5. Slow-Cooker Beef and Beer
Not only do the Belgians drink the best beer in the world, but they also cook with it. This recipe is inspired by a Belgian dish called carbonnade, a hearty stew of beef and onions braised in beer. It’s the type of dish you want to come home to on a blustery winter night. Plus, it’s only 345 calories a serving.
6. Curried Chicken with Naan
Chicken thighs with spicy rub are slow cooked with onions and carrots until tender. The chicken is chopped up and served on warm naan with mango-ginger chutney and spinach.
7. Slow-Cooker Spanish Chickpea Soup
This easy soup recipe is inspired by cocido, the hearty stew of assorted meats, chickpeas and vegetables considered a national dish of Spain. Each region, family and restaurant has its own variation, but this slow-cooker soup has enough meat to satisfy the carnivores and enough vegetables to make it healthy. Ask for a 4-ounce slab of Serrano ham or prosciutto at your deli counter instead of buying slices. If you don’t have a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker, opt for the stovetop variation instead.
8. Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos
This recipe can roast on high for four hours, but for best results, let it roast on low for eight. The meat will be falling off by the time you start breaking it apart! Serve it with tortillas, limes, queso fresco (or cotija!) cheese, and, of course, some pickled red onions.
9. Crock Pot Beef Ragu
Sick of the usual meat sauce and meatballs on a weeknight? Take your Italian cooking up a notch with this delectable beef ragu recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but this dump-and-go Crock-Pot recipe is perfect to prep and freeze for later!
10. Asian Beef Noodle Soup
Craving takeout? Make a healthier option with this Asian beef noodle soup. Packed with garlic, ginger, and anise, this is one dish that’s sure to please.
11. Slow-Cooker Chile-Orange Chicken Tacos
A taco night favorite! Boneless chicken breasts cook low and slow in a chipotle-orange sauce until they’re pull-apart tender, then are paired with a fresh avocado-orange salsa.
12. Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeno-Corn Dumplings
This healthy slow-cooker pinto bean stew recipe is bursting with veggies–onion, bell pepper, celery and corn–and topped with crunchy bits of radish and chile- and lime-flecked cornbread dumplings. If you’re pressed for time, skip the dumplings and serve this pinto bean stew straight out of the crock pot, topped with crushed tortilla chips and a sprinkling of Monterey Jack cheese. Make sure to soak your dried beans before using them in the slow cooker to ensure even cooking.
13. Crock-Pot Italian Meatballs
Can you ever go wrong with a spaghetti and meatball dinner? If you’re looking for a meal to serve a crowd, throwing together a large crock-pot of Italian meatballs is one of the easiest tricks of the trade.
14. Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole
It sure is fun to make some enchiladas for dinner—especially if it means making our Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas or the Chicken Mole Enchiladas. But actually taking the time to fill and roll up the enchiladas can be tedious work for a quick weeknight dinner. So instead, why not make a chicken enchilada casserole right in the slow cooker?
15. Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.
16. Basque Chicken
This dish combines some of the great flavors of northern Spain—smoked paprika, sweet peppers, piquant chorizo in a slow-cooked stew that could warm even the most frigid of souls.
17. Crock-Pot Beef and Broccoli
Craving some Chinese takeout? This homemade Crock-Pot beef and broccoli will satisfy that craving for you faster than you think! While most healthy slow cooker recipes take longer to cook, this one is surprisingly short and sweet. Plus, it won’t cost you as many calories to consume, making it one of your new favorite healthy slow cooker recipes.
18. Crock-Pot Chili
Is there anything more classic than slow cooker chili? This recipe features chuck roast, pinto beans, and plenty of seasoning. Warm-up with a bowl on a cold winter night.
19. Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Pozole
This healthy vegetarian take on the Mexican stew pozole gets tons of flavor from poblano peppers, ancho chile powder and dried herbs and spices, while cannellini beans provide substance, protein and fiber. Chewy hominy–corn that has been treated with lime to remove the tough hull and germ–is integral to the stew. Look for it in cans in the Latin section of your supermarket. Serve the stew with shredded cabbage, radishes, fresh cilantro and sour cream.
20. Short Ribs Braised in Guinness
It seems like braised short ribs adorn every French and Italian menu in the country these days. And why not? It’s an inexpensive dish that takes minimal effort from the chef but that can still fetch a $20+ price tag wherever it’s served. Why pay the money for something you can do just as well at home, especially if you can cut the calories in half with this short ribs recipe?
21. Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
Even though taco recipes are some of the easiest to make, sometimes it’s nice to just dump some food in the slow cooker and let it do the cooking for you. That’s why one of our easiest healthy slow cooker recipes is the perfect alternative for your Taco Tuesday needs!
22. French Pot Roast
Every culture has its version of pot roast, that amazing slow-cooked amalgamation of hearty meat, vegetable chunks, and flavorful broth. When it comes to picking the best rendition, we have to side with Julia Child, who believed the French boeuf bourguignonne was the world’s finest pot roast. Here’s an easy, healthy version to tackle the French pot roast.
23. Slow-Cooker Vegan Chili
Grab your crock pot for this hearty and easy vegan chili, which is chock-full of great-tasting and good-for-you ingredients, including pinto and black beans, red pepper, tomatoes and butternut squash. Once a little chopping is done, all you have to do is dump the ingredients in the slow cooker, making this colorful veggie chili the perfect weeknight dinner. A garnish of fresh avocado and chopped cilantro is a nice touch.
24. Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew with Artichokes & White Beans
Fresh dill, lemon, escarole and artichokes give this healthy slow-cooker lamb stew recipe a decidedly springtime flavor. Dried white beans are perfect in this healthy crock pot recipe, but you could also add frozen lima beans at the end.
25. Creamy Split Pea Soup
Split peas rank up there as one of the heroes of the health-food world, boasting deep reserves of fiber, B vitamins, and dozens of other vital nutrients. This split pea soup is a classic for a reason, and it is one of those few and far between comfort foods that are comforting, delicious, and healthy for you, too.
26. Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup
Whether or not you’re a vegetarian, you’ll love this fiber-packed chili recipe. And with 16 grams of protein, this dish will satisfy you long after you eat it.
27. Crock-Pot Jambalaya
There’s nothing like a steaming, spicy bowl of jambalaya to warm you up! While you can make a faster jambalaya recipe, using a slow cooker helps to savor all of the flavors. Between the sausage, tomatoes, and spicy cajun seasoning, this crock-pot jambalaya recipe is bursting with flavor.
28. Pulled Pork Sandwich
We get back to the humble hog treatment and turn out a sandwich flush with flavor and light on calories—making it one of our favorite healthy slow cooker recipes to make.
29. Slow-Cooker Dal Makhani
Using a slow cooker for this dal curry recipe is brilliant–the lentils cook until they’re perfectly tender. For the creamiest results, use whole urad dal (versus split), which you can get online or at Indian markets. This particular bean breaks down beautifully, giving the dish its rich, creamy texture. For a stovetop variation, see below. Serve it over rice with Indian-style green chutney and a side of plain yogurt.
30. Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Alfredo
This cheesy pasta recipe is made in a slow cooker but is relatively quick taking just 2 1/2 hours from start-to-finish. It’s full of vegetables, whole-grain linguine and of course, lots of cheese!
31. Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili
Grab your crock pot for this delicious and easy slow-cooker vegetarian chili with beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet potatoes. The recipe requires just 20 minutes of active time: after a bit of chopping, you just dump the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do the work. Adding a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of cilantro just before serving brightens up the flavors. Top it with some shredded cheese, if you’d like, or serve it as-is to keep it vegan. Either way, this healthy chili is sure to become a go-to when you want a satisfying and healthy dinner.
32. Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken & Orzo
Perk up basic chicken breast and whole-wheat orzo with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, like lemon and olives. This load-and-go recipe makes a complete and satisfying meal; just add a green salad.
33. Slow-Cooker Squash, Millet & Lentil Dal with Herbed Yogurt
This slow-cooker dal recipe has a range of pleasing textures: red lentils and millet break down as they cook, and the toor dal, which are split pigeon peas, stay toothsome. Look for all three ingredients at Indian markets or natural-foods stores. The crock pot does most of the work for this healthy vegetarian recipe, and a quick herbed yogurt added just before serving brightens up the flavors. Bonus: Both the dal and the yogurt can be made ahead and the leftovers are wonderful.